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A Journal Of The Dark Arts

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Rainbow Electronics (Alchemy, 1990) album review

Culled from 21 hours of archival recordings, Merzbow’s Rainbow Electronics is a noise symphony in 4 movements. Noise albums can come in two varieties – major and minor releases to … Continue reading

July 13, 2021 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Remblandt Assemblage (Merzbox Disc 3, 1981) album review

One of Merzbow’s earliest recordings nods to the theoretical underpinnings of the project as well as his earliest improv techniques. Speaking on the influence of pioneering German Dada artist Kurt … Continue reading

June 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Paradoxa Paradoxa album review

On Live at Kid Araik Hall I, Merzbow reveals noise – alongside hip-hop and electronic music – reveals itself to be the spiritual successor to jazz.  There’s not enough appreciation … Continue reading

April 13, 2021 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Hybrid Noisebloom (1997) album review

1997’s Hybrid Noisebloom is a Long Dark Spin Cycle of the Soul, leaving you ecstatically exhausted, wrung out, and cleansed. Reviewing noise records is funny business. In a certain respect, … Continue reading

March 9, 2021 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow vs Nordvargr – Partikel III (Cold Spring) album review

Two masters of noise, experimental electronics, and dark ambiance come together for a third collaboration, a highlight of both of their monolithic discographies. Merzbow is often at his best when … Continue reading

February 1, 2021 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – E-Study album review

Like walking through a forest of rebar, getting caught in the crossfire of some BB battle, 1981’s E-Study is about as far from Harsh Noise as you can get in … Continue reading

January 18, 2021 · Leave a comment

Grime Time: Wolf Eyes – Undertow album review

On Wolf Eyes’ first album of original material in 2 years, Undertow, the infamous Detroit noise trio return with a meditation on timelessness, filth, uncertainty, identity, leather jackets, flesh, and … Continue reading

April 2, 2017 · 4 Comments

Macro/Micro: Sun Ra & Merzbow – Strange City (Cold Spring)

Both Merzbow  and Sun Ra’s “music” deal with large scale forces, extending beyond the limits and confines of The Human, towards a more thorough understanding of: The World We Live In; … Continue reading

November 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Dark Ambient Classics: :zoviet*France: – Eostre (Red Rhino, 1984)

:zoviet*France’s 5th Lp is like a hymn to the rising sun, from some alien dimension. Atonal feedback, unintelligible chanting, scraping static and dismembered zithers form a strange ritual that is … Continue reading

November 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

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